Friday, July 11, 2008

The Krauthammer Strikes Again

It is difficult to tell just how seriously Charles Krauthammer intends us to take his latest column. Commenting that former Colombian presidential Ingrid Betancourt candidate was freed by military force after years of appeals on her behalf failed, Krauthammer pushes this well past its logical conclusion and appears to use this as an argument that military force is always the answer. Again, it is hard to tell if he actually means all he is saying, but the apparent conclusion of his column is soft power counts for nothing; diplomacy is worthless; only military force ever achieves anything; war is therefore always the best response. Let's invade Darfur, Burma and Zimbabwe so we can put an end to the people's sufferings there, just as we freed the suffering Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein and established such a model democracy there.

This is the same man who, in the wake of 9-11, said it was all Bill Clinton's fault for squandering 8 year that he could have used invading Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Events since them have apparently done nothing to suggest to him that there might be limits to American military power.

Charles Krauthammer is a professional psychiatrist. Maybe he should check is own head out.

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